Winds of hope for waiting relatives

Winds of hope for waiting loved ones

and Catherine Bouchard MISE À DAY

Following the arrest of Marc-André Grenon more than 22 years after the assassination of Guylaine Potvin in Saguenay, in April 2000, Le Journal< /em> has contacted several families who are still waiting for answers, many years after the disappearance or unsolved murder of a loved one.

For most, this is a breath of newfound hope, as their case stagnates and new information dwindles. According to Stéphane Luce, president of the organization Meurtres et disappearances irresolutes du Québec, the news had the effect of a bombshell for several families.

“We have definitely just passed a milestone in the treatment cold cases with the new technologies we have now. It will give a little boost to investigations in the coming months,” he says.  

“It's long, but it's is a good sign”

Marilyn Bergeron, missing in Saint-Romuald.

Andrée Béchard, the mother of Marilyn Bergeron, who has been missing for almost 15 years, believes that the resolution of this murder raises doubts about the investigation methods and the use of DNA that have been used before. “It gives hope, that’s for sure, says Ms. Béchard. But we have time to die before we have the answers.”

The parents of the missing person have difficulty understanding how so many years could have passed without Grenon being arrested, despite the fact that the authorities had his DNA since 2000 and that he has several criminal records dating from before and after 2000. “Why didn't the match take place sooner? Wasn't there a way to do it before? asks Ms. Béchard.

Nevertheless, the parents are delighted with this progress, as well as the peace it brings to the relatives of Guylaine Potvin and to the survivor. “It's fun to get answers. It's long, we don't understand why, but it's a good sign if they're improving,” concludes Michel Bergeron, Marilyn's father, who hasn't been seen since February 17, 2008.

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When is our turn?

Danielle Bédard, who disappeared in Val-Bélair.

“Whenever a case like this is resolved after several years, the first thing I think of is my sister. We wonder when it will be our turn, ”says Nelly Bédard. His sister, Danielle Bédard, has been missing since September 22, 2006, the day she was last seen at her home on rue de l'Équinoxe in the Val-Bélair area of ​​Quebec. She was 31 at the time. 

While a few leads have been checked over the years, investigators have not had any notable investigative elements in this case for some time. Ms. Bédard, however, has the impression that only one piece of the puzzle is missing for everything to become clear. 

“It is encouraging to see that the investigators have not given up, even after more than two decades. Maybe new technologies and investigative techniques will one day allow us to have some answers,” she adds.

“David is not forgotten”

David Fortin, missing in Alma.

The resolution of this murder is a sign of the hard work of the investigators, underlines the mother of David Fortin, who has been missing since 2009. “We are happy to see that after 22 years, it has been possible to trace a murderer. It gives hope and it [demonstrates] that the investigators do not give up, ”argues Caroline Lachance.

The cold casescan sometimes give the families of the disappeared the impression that their file has been put aside after a certain time. But Ms. Lachance is certain not and that the investigative technology that is advancing will also bring her the expected answers. “David has not been forgotten,” she insists. 

Ms. Lachance has a good thought for those close to Guylaine Potvin and is delighted with the outcome. 

A small light comes on

Diane Bonneau, missing in Saint-Félicien.

Stéphane Bonneau never stopped looking for his sister, Diane, who has not been seen since she left the family home in Saint-Félicien on June 19, 2012. Searches were organized at the time, but the then 33-year-old woman, who left without her belongings, was never seen again. 

“My parents and I gave our DNA so that we could identify my sister if ever she is found in any way, explains Mr. Bonneau. To know that it is the same technology that made it possible to solve the case [of Guylaine Potvin], it is sure that there is a little light that lights up.

If the outcome of Ms. Potvin's story “brings up a lot of memories” for the Lac-Saint-Jean family, it also reinforces their own convictions. “It will take as long as it takes, but we are convinced that we will have answers one day or another”.

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